1 Timothy
Chapter 4

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1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

11 These things command and teach.

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Commentary for 1 Timothy 4

Of departures from the faith that began already to appear. (1-5) Several directions, with motives for due discharge of duties. (6-16)1-5 The Holy Spirit, both in the Old and the New Testament, spoke of a general turning from the faith of Christ, and the pure worship of God. This should come during the Christian dispensation, for those are called the latter days. False teachers forbid as evil what God has allowed, and command as a duty what he has left indifferent. We find exercise for watchfulness and self-denial, in attending to the requirements of God's law, without being tasked to imaginary duties, which reject what he has allowed. But nothing justifies an intemperate or improper use of things; and nothing will be good to us, unless we seek by prayer for the Lord's blessing upon it.

6-10 Outward acts of self-denial profit little. What will it avail us to mortify the body, if we do not mortify sin? No diligence in mere outward things could be of much use. The gain of godliness lies much in the promise; and the promises to godly people relate partly to the life that now is, but especially to the life which is to come: though we lose for Christ, we shall not lose by him. If Christ be thus the Saviour of all men, then much more will he be the Rewarder of those who seek and serve him; he will provide well for those whom he has made new creatures.

11-16 Men's youth will not be despised, if they keep from vanities and follies. Those who teach by their doctrine, must teach by their life. Their discourse must be edifying; their conversation must be holy; they must be examples of love to God and all good men, examples of spiritual-mindedness. Ministers must mind these things as their principal work and business. By this means their profiting will appear in all things, as well as to all persons; this is the way to profit in knowledge and grace, and also to profit others. The doctrine of a minister of Christ must be scriptural, clear, evangelical, and practical; well stated, explained, defended, and applied. But these duties leave no leisure for wordly pleasures, trifling visits, or idle conversation, and but little for what is mere amusement, and only ornamental. May every believer be enabled to let his profiting appear unto all men; seeking to experience the power of the gospel in his own soul, and to bring forth its fruits in his life.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 4

  • Pastor Larry
    This world with devils filled, "forbidding to marry", are not limited to the Romish persuasion, but manifest themselves in our world as described in hearts full of adulteries, and refusing to be betrothed (in faithfulness), but only "shacking up": only playing house, not committing to making a home. Same is true for committed "Christians" lacking faithfulness, to Christ
  • Vuvu
    It's very much relevant to our times because there many Satanic Pastors and Satanic Prophets.
  • Emmanuel
    1Tim4:1 this is what's happening right now, great preachers that we think God has blessed them but found out that he is no longer working for Jesus but devil. Most people we are in need of money more than anything this day we always bizy study because what we are getting is not enough, and you can ask when will we have much time with God study his word like church of Thessalonians
  • Lizeth Coronado
    I love Timothy. This chapter for example is a great Word of God for me because when one is young, then we have to learn more. Thank you... And... I love the quizes too !
  • EFFY BLESS for verse 14
    THIS IS TRUE BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE THINK IT AL ABOUT PRAYING TO GET AN ANSWER TO YOUR PROBLEMS, THEY FORGET THAT SERVING GOD IS THE WITH THE GIFT GIVEN TO YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY. I AM MAKING USE OF THE GIFT OF GOD IN MY LIFE AND AM ASKING GOD FOR MORE GRACE TO EXERCISE THIS GOD GIVEN GIFT IN ME MORE AND MORE.
  • Motdaugrnds
    Priscilla, it is my understanding that "a seared conscious " is developed by one who continuously makes excuses for wrong he or she has done so he or she may continue to do those things and be able to look at themselves in the mirrow without feeling guilty. It is developed over time. We can learn to do this even by what we choose to watch on television or experience from the actions of those around us. It is my prayer we ALWAYS LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT that God has given us for our edification even when instructions are hard to hear. We need to become self actualized, able to separate the worth of ourselves from the value of our own behaviors because then we can hear exhortations without getting defensive. This defensiveness will eventually sear the conscious.

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Bible Trivia

What does the Holy Spirit say will happen in the last days?
  • Many will be saved
  • Some will depart from the faith
  • Miracles will occur
  • Men will see Jesus
  • Men will pervert the Scriptures